Published On: Thu, Nov 22nd, 2018

Bureaucrat accused of mismanagement of Hockey World Cup

Bhubaneswar: The Congress’ students and youth wing activists Thursday burnt effigy of senior bureaucrat Vishal Kumar Dev accusing him of mismanagement of the Men’s Hockey World Cup beginning from November 28 at Kalinga Stadium here.

Vishal Kumar Dev, an IAS officer, was also accused of misbehaving with a journalist of a local television channel.

The IAS officer was also accused of misbehaving with a local television journalist.

Besides buring the effigy, Congress activists attempted to gherao the official residence of Dev, who is also Sports and Youth Affairs Secretary, at Unit-9 in the state capital.

However, the agitators were stopped by the police.

Demanding apology from Dev, National Students Union of India (NSUI) leader Kiran Sahoo alleged that there was a big scam in ticket sale and execution of various works being done ahead of the nearly 3-week-long international tournament slated to conclude on December 16.

Dev, an IAS officer, was also accused of misbehaving with a journalist of a local television channel.

He allegedly asked the journalist to get out of his chamber. However, Dev denied the charge.

“There was no press conference or media briefing.

Representatives from three media houses had sought an appointment. While I was talking to them, this reporter barged into my room without permission and placed the boom on. I firmly, but politely asked him to leave saying I shall talk to him later,” Dev told PTI.

Meanwhile, the alleged ill treatment towards the journalist has evoked sharp reaction from political and media fraternities.

“We demand immediate apology from the bureaucrat for his behaviour towards a journalist,” Sahoo said.

“Gagging up media is not right. We do not appreciate this,” BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo said.

Several journalist unions have also protested and condemned the bureaucrat’s alleged behaviour towards the reporter.

President of Odisha Union of Journalists (OUJ) Prasanna Mohanty, also condemned the incident.


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